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Glowing connections


This paper gives the results of a series of experiments and how they shed light on problems of electrical fires. Experimental glowing connections were made by allowing wires to make poor contact with another object in series in a circuit.

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Note: The information in this paper was presented in the course “Electrical fires” at the University of Wisconsin—Extension, Madison, Wisconsin, April 1982.

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Ettling, B.V. Glowing connections. Fire Technol 18, 344–349 (1982).

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  • Oxide Layer
  • Voltage Drop
  • Copper Wire
  • Fire Technology
  • Aluminum Wired